What if you ate cakes, Oreos, sugary cereals and Doritos for a majority of your meals? The most common answer for it would be saying that you will become obese and balloon up in size. Some trainers or uneducated gurus will go to the extent of saying that this will cause you cancer. That is because they have an academy pushing sports nutrition courses that teach pseudoscience and fad diets in the guise of ‘science’ and say things like calories do not count.
But Seriously, What Would Happen If You Eat Junk Foods Most Of The Time?
That is what a professor of human nutrition of the University of Kansas did for 10 weeks to prove a point.
The Point He PROVED: Calories Count
Professor Mark Haub aka the Twinkies professor started eating a diet that ensured he ate less than 1800 calories in a day. For a person of his weight, he would need around 2600 calories a day to maintain weight. This effectively put him in a calorie deficit. Two-thirds of his calories came for absolute junk food and sugary stuff like Twinkies (a brand of cakes), Oreos, Doritos, and a variety of sugary cereals. Along with that, he ate some green veggies, a protein shake, and a multivitamin per day.
1. He lost 27 pounds of body weight in 10 weeks.
2. His body fat dropped from 33.4 to 24.6 percent.
3. His BMI dropped from 28.8 to 24.9.
4. His cholesterol profile improved.
5. His HDL or the ‘good cholesterol’ increased by 20 percent, his LDL or the ‘bad cholesterol’ decreased by 20 percent and his triglycerides dropped by 39 percent.
The main thing that he ensured in his diet was consistently eating lesser calories than what his body burns in a day. This does not mean you should go on a junk food diet starting this moment. It is not healthy and if you are looking at a long-term habit formation or improved athletic performance, this style of eating is far from ideal.
Still, it proves a point, a point that is the basis of how different diets work. The different diets give results by putting you in a caloric deficit. Then you decide to go low-carb, high-carb, low-fat, high-fat, it is totally up to you. You do not need to go hunting for a special fat loss diet. Start making choices that you can stick to and decrease your calorie intake.
Here is an article I have written on how to lose weight and not your mind: https://www.mensxp.com/health/nutrition/40518-want-to-keep-your-sanity-while-dieting-give-this-a-try.html. Just wearing t-shirts that say ‘I train your trainer’ or injecting steroids do not make you inherently great at understanding the scientific literature or for the matter, understanding the very basics of nutrition.
Oh, and yes, calories do count.
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